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Why Lorde Didn't Sing During Her 2017 VMAs Performance

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When Lorde showed up at the 2017 MTV VMAs (looking like a princess!) to perform “Homemade Dynamite,” introduced by Alessandra Ambrosio and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, viewers were quick to notice her incredible idiosyncratic dance moves and…that she didn’t seem to be singing.

But she had a good reason! Just before she took the stage, Lorde tweeted, “You can’t tell in these pictures, but I have the flu so bad I needed an IV #showgoeson #cutelilproppedupcorpse.” As for the dancing, that was always part of the plan: Last week, Lorde tweeted after a VMAs rehearsal that her knees were “covered in bruises.”

So, it would seem she had enough fluids and energy to dance but, understandably, wasn’t in shape to sing live—especially if she wants to keep her voice healthy for other performances and her next tour. Protecting her voice is just part of the job; Lorde even canceled some tour dates in 2014 due to a “nasty chest infection.” “I just need time to get back to full Gollum girl fitness before I go out playing shows again,” she said at the time. Even if the #showgoeson, it’s hard to be a #cutelilproppedupcorpse night after night.

Plus, Lorde already had to call off a performance this year when her Lollapalooza set was rained out and felt “gutted” about it, so we’d imagine staying tour healthy is at the top of her to-do list.

Props to Lorde for not lip-syncing; I’d rather watch her dance for real than pretend to sing. And get better soon, moon princess. Thanks for showing up for all us viewers, but Lorde my dear, go home, get a blanket, get a soup, watch some Friends, take a nap, take care of ya self. Do whatever it takes to get back to “full Gollum girl fitness,” whatever that means.

To see her full VMAs 2017 performance, watch below:

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